How students beat sleep

Sophia Jamil

Staff Writer

As college students, we need to prepare for long nights and last minute assignments we will be forced to pull all-nighters for.

At Hudson Valley, there are a variety of students that have their own remedies to keep themselves awake and determined to finish their work, no matter what the cost. With the spring semester up and rolling, it’s best to know what options are available to make sure you can get your assignments done on time.

Some students like Collin Bartlett, an individual studies major, use prescription drugs to keep themselves awake. Bartlett uses the prescription drug Adderall, typically used to treat narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as his late night remedy. “Adderall–that’s the key to getting shit done,” said Bartlett.

Digital media major Connor Tuttle drinks coffee to keep himself awake at night. “I might be jumping off the walls at 2 a.m., but I’ll be awake,” he said. “It’s worth it when you don’t have to deal with all that guilt for not doing your best on an assignment,” said Tuttle.

Kelsey Sheperdson, a digital media major, likes to keep candy close by to keep herself up.“Sugary snacks are always my go-to when I want to keep myself awake at night,” said Sheperdson. “I highly recommend gushers and Twizzlers,” she said.

As opposed to loading yourself with sugar, biological sciences major Cemile Antal prefers a healthier alternative by sleeping in the afternoon so she can stay up all night. “Power naps are my go to — I swear by them,” she said. “Putting sugar and caffeine into your body is really not healthy,” said Antal. Sleeping during the afternoon allows Anatal to not rely on outside sources to keep her awake and hard-working.

Digital media student Anna Aucompaugh also uses sleep as her method to stay awake. “I sleep man” said Aucompaugh. “Nothing, I mean nothing, comes between me and my bed,” she said.

Although students have different ways of staying awake, it’s safe to say that the main goal is the same. So be smart this semester, and think ahead of time.

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